Up until the end of term we are counting children's Daily Miles in a virtual challenge to to get Santa's reindeer back to Lapland in time for Christmas. On Friday 10th December we are taking part in the national School Sports Partnership "Santa Dash". Children can wear Santa hats, bears or reindeer antlers for this if they want to but not Christmas Jumpers. What they will need are trainers.
Leading up to Christmas, KS2 classes will be preparing Carol Service consisting of readings and carols while KS1 and Early Years classes will be preparing their nativity musicals. This year these will be videoed and made available through our Family and Friends Facebook page in the last week of term. Some of the services may be videoed at St Mary's Church Chadwell.
Children will be having Christingle services in class on Monday 6th December. Children will be given a cardboard "candle" to fill with coins for the charity the Children's Society and will receive a Christingle in return. A Christingle is an orange with a candle in it, tied with red ribbon and decorated with four cocktail sticks holding dried fruit or sweets. Christingle comes from the German Christkindl meaning "Little Christ Child" and celebrates Jesus as the light of the world. We will also be videoing these services and they will also be available or maybe included with the other Christmas videos.
In the last week of end of the term junior classes will be singing carols live outside at the end of the day, starting at 2.45 pm: Monday Y3, Tuesday Y4, Wednesday Y5, Thursday Y6.
We will also be taking our choir to sing to old people locally and, on 13th December at 10.00 am, to shoppers at Thurrock Lakeside. The choir are also recording some carols for the Rotary Club of Thurrock's Christmas Concert which will be at The Thameside Theatre on Monday 13th December at 7.15 pm. This will be a hybrid event and the choir will not actually be present.
We will be serving our Christmas Dinner, including turkey or vegetarian alternative with roast potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and ice cream with a complimentary cracker to all our children and staff on Wednesday 15th December.at 7.30 pm.
On Thursday 16th December we have M&M productions here presenting two live professional performances of Aladdin which some classes will watch in the hall while it is streamed to others. This would be a particularly good day to wear a mask to school and have a lateral flow test that morning.
Friday 17th December is the last day of term and our Christmas Parties. The kitchen are providing party food and drinks or you can send a packed lunch just for your child.. Children can come to school in party clothes, Christmas jumpers or their usual uniform for the day.
We re-open for staff training on Tuesday 4th January (sorry no holiday club) and on Wednesday 5th January for children.